What Goes Around Comes Around
On June 25, 2013 the Boomerang Sisterhood came together to vote during their yearly grant cycle to help Miami County. Five finalists were chosen by the Boomerang Sisterhood grants committee from a total of twelve applications. These five organizations were then invited to attend a reception at Firehouse Ministries where they presented their projects to members of the Boomerang Sisterhood.
Awards were granted based on preference of the members of the Boomerang Sisterhood and totaled $3,500.
Recipients of the Boomerang Sisterhood Grants for 2013:
BOOKS (Books Offer Our Kids Success) ($1,000) – The mission of the organization is to help the community achieve greater success by supporting family literacy and inspiring lifelong learning for Miami County residents. They will be using the granted funds for the purchase of books. Each child in Miami County will receive one book per month. BOOKS will purchase 450 books per month in August through May of the 2013-2014 school year for these children.
Miami County Historical Society ($800) –The Miami County Museum is planning to purchase new computers for the museum to benefit everyone by giving them access to research the museum’s vast collection of Miami County. The Miami County Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and fosters research of archival and inanimate objects that reflect the history of Miami County. This allows visitors to develop an understanding of life and culture in Miami County.
Arts Alive! ($700) – Arts Alive! of Peru Community Schools is a program sponsored by the Peru Art Collection Advisory Board developed to utilize and promote the arts, specifically by using the art collection owned by Peru Community Schools. The grant will support, “Sundays at the Gallery” which is to bring children and adults to the gallery to see and learn about specific styles represented by the gallery.
The Honeywell Center ($500) – Offers theater performances, an Educational Outreach Program, free admittance to visual art displayed in its art gallery, and community events. This grant will be used for the Miami County Holiday Banner Contest. For this contest students submit holiday themed artwork and the winning works are converted into street banners for light poles in downtown Peru during the holiday season.
United Way of Miami County ($500) – Its mission is to provide leadership and accountability to Miami County in achieving educated, healthy, and financially independent citizens. This mission needs to be out for display and this grant will allow United Way to do just that. With the funds received from the Boomerang Sisterhood, United Way will purchase a new display board to properly display its mission.
“The Boomerang Sisterhood is a giving circle of Miami County women, who pool their resources to support organizations and programs such as these, to better the community in which we live”, says Mary Alexander, Boomerang Sisterhood president.
The Boomerang Sisters fulfill this mission through their dues, an annual contribution of $120 to the Boomerang Sisterhood Fund with the Community Foundation. Half of the dues are distributed each year through grants and the remainder helps build the endowment fund for future grant cycles.
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